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August 8, 1934 - December 4, 2023
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In Memoriam: Ralph James Scheetz
Ralph James “Jim” Scheetz passed away on December 4, 2023 at the age of 89, in his hometown of Nucla, CO. His battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the challenges, Jim came out a hero and stayed strong until the end.
Born to Ralph and Mary Scheetz in Delta, CO on August 8, 1934, Jim was the oldest of nine children. He lived a life rich in experiences and was a beacon of faith, reflecting his resilience, versatility, and love of God and country. As a proud veteran, he bravely served our country, embodying the principles of honor and duty. His commitment extended beyond the military, where he devoted years to the demanding profession of coal mining, exemplifying grit and determination in the face of challenges.
A skilled airplane mechanic, Jim soared to new heights in his career, showcasing his meticulous craftsmanship. His passion for woodworking created timeless pieces that will stand as enduring symbols of his artistry and dedication to his craft. A man of extraordinary talents and unwavering dedication, Jim left an indelible mark on the lives of those fortunate enough to know him.
Jim could always be found lured by the waters, telling fish tales that got bigger with every telling. He had a special knack for catching the one that got away, but never lost his love for the sport and shared it with all his children and grandchildren. His love for the great outdoors was matched only by his commitment to his family, whom he cherished above all else.
In the fabric of Jim’s life, threads of generosity, fellowship and service were tightly woven. Always willing to lend a helping hand, he became a cornerstone in the lives of those around him. His impact reached beyond the familial bonds, touching the hearts of neighbors and community members who benefited from his selfless acts of kindness.
Jim leaves behind a legacy of love, hard work, and service. He was preceded in death by his lovely and beautiful wife, Jearee and his sweet grandchild, Candice. He is survived by seven of his siblings and his children, Susan Case and husband Rex, Veronica West and husband Ray, Carolyn Vargas and husband Jose, and Paul Scheetz. Jim is also survived by his grandchildren: Orson Case, Opal Case Niles, Alex Case, Brandon Henderson, Ashley Henderson Condon; great grandchildren: Emily Case Houston, Aaron Case, Ethon Case, Connor Niles, Hunter Niles, Evan Case, Daisy Case, and Wyatt Case. Jim’s family and community will forever be grateful for the warmth and compassion he shared.
Celebration of life and internment will be planned for the spring. To express condolences and your personal relationship for Jim send to: Susan Case, PO Box 731, Nucla, CO 81424.
May Jim Scheetz rest in peace, his memory living on in the hearts of those who were privileged to know and love him.
Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting Mr. Scheetz’s family. (970)249-2121